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Bemidji City Council to consider adding some features back into event center plan

Several features have been suggested to be added back into the plan for the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

The additions - including street lights, electrical receptacles, trees, trenching and wire, and a control system - were all deleted west of the Central Avenue extension to ensure the project stayed within its budget, according to a report from City Manager John Chattin.

Since the BREC project is running significantly below budget, staff is recommending that the features be added back into the plan.

The cost to again include the features is estimated, at the "high-end," at $241,400, according to Chattin's report. Final costs would not be known until final design and bidding is complete.

"I believe that street lights, trees and electrical outlets need to be continued along South Shore Drive to Paul Bunyan Drive," Chattin wrote.

The Bemidji City Council will consider the recommendation during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Also on the agenda for the meeting are the following:

E A resolution approving the use of the Lake Bemidji waterfront for the fourth annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, planned to be July 30 to Aug. 1.

E A resolution stating the city's support for the establishment of a northern Minnesota veterans' home.